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5 Ways Trump Is A Living Parody Of Conservative Beliefs

The exposure of Trump’s attempts to present himself as generous is invaluable, revealing a hollow man who represents the epitome of conservatism’s unchecked greed and exploitation.

October 31, 2016
People enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. Payrolls Gains Beat Expectations, Wages Rise

Last month’s strong job growth should reinforce the Fed’s confidence in a labor market that officials view as at or near full employment.

August 5, 2016
Hillary Clinton

Clinton Will Unveil Aggressive Economic Agenda That Targets Wall Street, High Earners

Hillary Clinton will announce Monday what aides call a far-reaching plan to restructure the economy to move more of the nation’s wealth to middle- and low-wage earners.

July 12, 2015

With U.S. Wages Flat, Jeb Bush Calls For More Full-Time Jobs

Jeb Bush said Americans need more full-time, not part-time work in order to grow the U.S. economy, comments some called out of touch. Also, he said nothing about wages.

July 9, 2015

Jobless Rate Down; Wages Flat

Although employers added 223,000 jobs in June, workers’ average wages flattened, and the unemployment rate fell due to a shrinking labor force.

July 3, 2015
woman worker computer busy business paper

Labor Department Proposes Extending Overtime Pay

Low-wage workers — many of whom are educated — stand to gain from the Department of Labor’s proposed new overtime rules. Even if workers may not work more hours, it’s likely the rule could lead to greater employment.

July 1, 2015
Markets, Economy, Wages, Jobs, Employment, Great Recession, National News

U.S. Economy Creates A Strong 280,000 Jobs In May

Jobs, employment, and wages rose last month, nearly seven years after the Great Recession.

June 5, 2015
Mexico, World, Farms, Workers, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Labor, Wages

Mexico Farm Workers Win Pay Hike In Landmark Deal, But Fall Short Of Goal

Farm workers gain a pay increase in Mexico, but at what cost?

June 5, 2015
Wisconsin workers protest the state's right-to-work policy (Preston Austin via Flickr)

Defending Unions Against The Haters

The stats don’t lie: ‘Right-to-work’ is bad for workers.

March 19, 2015
Walmart, Memo Pad, National News, Taxpayers, Government Subsidies, Waltons, Taxes

Walmart’s Wage Increase A Sign Of Booming Job Growth

The economic recovery is real, and it’s going to get better.

February 23, 2015

Unions See A Comeback Coming As Wages Stall, Rich Get Richer

Is the labor movement about to reassert itself?

February 23, 2015

Walmart Pay Hike May Put Pressure On Other Low-Paying Industries

Higher wages at Walmart should mean less turnover and disappointment for workers.

February 20, 2015

Wage Stagnation Puts The Squeeze On Ordinary Workers

A rising tide is supposed to lift all boats — but many working Americans are drowning.

December 29, 2014

Economy Adds Robust 321,000 Jobs In November, Most In Nearly Three Years

The latest jobs report is huge.

December 5, 2014

LinkedIn Pays $6 Mln Over U.S. Wage Violations

Washington (AFP) — LinkedIn has paid nearly $6 million in back wages and damages to 359 current and former employees after a U.S. investigation found it had failed to compensate them appropriately for overtime work. Under a settlement announced by the Labor Department on Monday, the career-focused social network said it paid more than $3.3 […]

August 5, 2014

Rebuilding The American Dream, One Insurance Policy At A Time

The Republicans give lots of reasons for their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Only two really matter. One is politics. The other is money. More precisely, big-business money. Like Social Security and Medicare, the expansion of health insurance coverage is making voters more predisposed to support the politicians that championed the law — and […]

March 17, 2014

In VW Vote, Republicans Fight The Really Radical Idea That Workers Should Have A Voice In Business

When a company is not fighting against a union, why do that union’s efforts fail — and what does that say about the U.S. model for labor? Current management theory recognizes that businesses do better when employees are involved in decision making. But that trend ran smack into the paternalistic view that workers are replaceable […]

February 19, 2014
Obamacare, Republicans

CBO Director Explains Why The GOP’s Latest Anti-Obamacare Talking Point Is Bunk

Republicans have seized on a few sentences in a new Congressional Budget Office report that says that while the labor force will continue to grow over the next decade, there will be a reduction in the hours worked because of Obamacare: The reduction in CBO’s projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of […]

February 4, 2014
Walmart, Wages, National News, Taxpayers, Big Business

The Real Walmart: One Store Costs Taxpayers At Least $904,542 Per Year

When low wages leave Walmart workers unable to afford the necessities of life, taxpayers pick up the tab.

June 3, 2013